January 31, 2012

Smith Westerns, Porcelain Raft, Bleached

What: Porcelain Raft makes atmospheric indie imbued with perma-frost romance, Smith Westerns lean toward garage rock jangle, and ex-Mika Miko gals Bleached go for razor sharp pop punk. An excellent lineup, whatever your your preferred level of adrenaline. 
When: Tuesday, January 31, 8 p.m.
Where: Webster Hall: 125 East 11th Street (between 3rd and 4th avenues); 212-353-1600.
Cost: $20

Sample Sale Alert

What: Stuart & Wright is having a little sample sale starting this Thursday, where you can score 30-90% off their designer duds. 
When: Thursday, February 2 - Friday, February 3, from 10 a.m.  - 8 p.m.; Sunday, February 5, from 10 a.m. -  6 p.m. 
Where: Stuart & Wright: 85 Lafayette Avenue (between South Elliot Place and South Portland Avenue). 

January 30, 2012

Winter Film Festival

What:  The Winter Film Festival returns to Citi Pond. Take a peek at the schedule below, and start planning your evening. There are several viewing options to choose from:
  • Bring a blanket and snuggle up on the deck with some hot cocoa.
  • Grab a table at Celsius for dinner and a movie. 
  • Go for a spin around the rink while you watch the film. (But please save the popcorn snack for after your laps!)


January 30: Groundhog Day

February 6: Edward Scissorhands

February 13: Lady and the Tramp (Two showings: 5:30pm and 7pm)

All films begin at 7pm unless otherwise noted. See you at the movies!

Where: Bryant Park

January 29, 2012

20th Annual Hot Chocolate Festival

What: The Hot Chocolate Festival is back - for its 20th year! Each day in February the City Bakery will serve up a delicious hot chocolate drink - but with a twist! 29 Daily Flavors to choose from including Caramel Hot Chocolate, Happy Hot Chocolate and even Beer Hot Chocolate!! Yum yum can't wait!
When: Feb. 1 - 29, 2012  |  6am - midnight
Where: City Bakery: 3 West 18th Street

January 28, 2012

Free Cupcakes & Treats From SweeteryNYC

What: Sweetery is going to be bringing a little "sweetness" to Legal Tech on Jan.30/31. Look for the special FREE Symantec Sweetery truck parked in front of the Hilton Hotel on 6th Ave. You can also follow the SweeteryNYC Twitter Feed !!
When: Mon, Jan 30 at 8:00AM - Tue, Jan 31 at 4:00PM 
Where: Hilton New York 1335 Avenue of the Americas

January 27, 2012

Complimentary Cocktails Over Manhattan

What: Casting director Jay Rockberg is opening his list up to the MyOpenBar community. This is the event where V.I.P service is on the menu for the MOB crowd only. RSVP for the night and you'll be ensured a table (first-come, of course) and unlimited (well-quality) drinks of Absolut Vodka (until midnight) and rock out with D.J Amadeus all night with "the hottest House and Hip-hop tunes of 2012!" RSVP at jr@theloopnyc.com (free for women, $20 for men).
When: Fri, Jan 27 11pm - midnight
Where: Sky Room Times Square: 330 W 40th St.

Key to Survival: Focus on Ovarian Cancer

What: The Flushing-North Shore Branch of the National Association of University Women is pleased to present a panel Discussion on the "Key to Survival: Focus on Ovarian Cancer". Don't miss a discussion led by Share: Self-help for Women with Breast or Ovarian Cancer. For additional information, contact Tai White at 917-683-1274 or taiwhite14@gmail.com.
When: Saturday, January 28th - 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Where: Langston Hughes Community Library - 100-01 Northern Boulevard (Corona)
How Much: Free

Lover's Rock

What: Lovers Rock, often dubbed 'romantic reggae' is a uniquely black British sound that developed in the late 70s and 80s against a backdrop of riots, racial tension and sound systems. Live performance, comedy sketches, dance, interviews and archive shed light on the music and the generation that embraced it. Lovers Rock allowed young people to experience intimacy and healing through dance- known as 'scrubbing'- at parties and clubs. This dance provided a coping mechanism for what was happening on the streets. Lovers Rock developed into a successful sound with national UK hits and was influential to British bands (Police, Culture Club, UB40) These influences underline the impact the music was making in bridging the multi-cultural gap that polarized the times. The film sheds light on a forgotten period of British music, social and political history.
When: Friday, February 3rd @ 7:00 pm & Saturday, February 4th - 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Where: Black Spectrum Theatre - 177th Street & Baisley Boulevard (Roy Wilkins Park)
How Much: $11


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January 26, 2012

Jishin Balpgi Festival

What: A traditional folk festival celebrating the new year. During this festival, a group of poongmul (Korean percussion) players called the Durepae, travel around the village, playing their instruments. They visiting homes wishing people peace and good fortune. In return, hosts offer them rice cakes, wine and a general donation for the entire village. In the evening, people gather around the Madang, or center of the village, under the first full moon of the lunar new year for food, dancing, and games.

When: Saturday January 28, 2012 @1pm
Where: Queens Library Main St. & Kissena Blvd.

When: Saturday February 4, 2012 @1pm
Where: Woori Park, 32nd St. & Broadway, Manhattan
Sponsored by the Minkwon Center for Community Action

January 24, 2012

Coffee & Tea Festival

What: 7th Annual Coffee & Tea Festival. The event will offer two days of programming including classes/lectures/demos from well-known industry pros and pioneers. Chocolates and sweet treats will offer a wonderful compliment to the spectacular collection of coffees and teas.
When: Saturday Feb. 25 - Sunday Feb. 26, 2012  |  11am - 5pm
Where:  7 West 34th Street, New York

January 19, 2012

Little Dragon Chinese New Year Celebration

What: Mini Jake's Little Dragon Chinese New Year Celebration is sure to be a blast! Well there might not be any fire works but there will be crafts, dancing and you might even learn a little Chinese! Mini Jake has invited Lango Kids and author Michele Wong McSween to bring the celebration to Williamsburg.
10:00 craft and story time (REGISTRATION REQUIRED*)
11:00 sample Lango Mandarin class
11:30 Chinese folk dance performance
2:30 Michele Wong McSween, author of the Gordon & Li Li series, book signing/reading and Q&A
When:  Sunday, January 22, 2012 10:00 am 
Where: Mini jake: 178 N 9th St Brooklyn, NY 11211

Wild Planet Foods Samples Tuna at Kids Food Festival

What: The Kids Foods Festival is a weekend event focusing on educating families about making balanced food choices through fun and flavorful activities, such as kids cooking classes; food samples and product demonstrations; live music; a Balanced Plate Scavenger Hunt; raffle prizes; free admission ice-skating and more! General admission is FREE, but tickets are required for special programming. 
When:  Saturday, January 21 &  Sunday, January 22 10am -  6 pm 
Where: Citi Pond at Bryant Park 45 42nd Street New York, NY 10036

January 18, 2012

7th Annual Pre-Lunar New Year Gala & Flower Market

What: This event is being produced by the Asian American Activity Center and co-sponsored by QBG.  Fun for all including flowers and Lunar New Year items for sale, Dragon Dance performance, Kung Fu demonstrations, music, cooking demonstrations, a Feng Shui talk, and visits from the Fortune God.
When: Saturday & Sunday, January 21 & 22, 10am to 6pm
Where: Queens Botanical Garden 

YouCake Cookie Decorating Party

What: For ages: 2-6 years. YouCake creates edible graphic toppers with your personal photos and inscriptions to decorate frosted cake, cookies and cupcakes. For this class, edible graphics include fun images that kids can decorate with edible color markers and cookie decorations.
There will be two sessions available for this event:
Session One: 10am-11am (ages 1-2)
Session Two: 11am-12pm (ages 3+)
When: Sunday, January 22, 2012 10:00 am - 12:00 pm 
Where: Moonsoup Inc 1059 2nd Ave Frnt A New York, NY 10022
Cost: MoonSoup Members $5 per kid, Non-Members $10 (adults are free)

Winey Neighbor GRAND TASTING

What: You are cordially invited to The Winey Neighbor's first "Grand Tasting" event. In order to celebrate cultural diversity, support local businesses and strengthen our community, the free of admission event will features free samples from neighboring artisan food makers, local gourmet chefs and international wines importers.
When: Saturday, January 21st 4-6 pm

LMFAO Set To Rock Out At LAVO

What: LMFAO will be rocking out at LAVO
When: January 19, 2012 11:00 pm - Friday, January 20, 2012 3:00 am 
Where: Lavo 39 E 58th St New York, NY 10022 

Owl Prowl at Bartow-Pell Mansion

What: Come hoot with the owls join Dr. Robert DeCandido, known as "Birding Bob" to legions of New Yorkers who follow him around city parks looking for feathered friends, will answer your every owl question. Learn about which owls are seen most often this time of year and then take a stroll outside and sip hot chocolate as Bob attempts to summon these amazing creatures from their treetops. Registration requested.
When: Sunday, January 22, 2012 4:30 pm 
Where: Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum 895 Shore Road Bronx, NY 10464
Cost: $10 adults; $7 seniors and children; members $7 adults; $5 seniors and children

January 16, 2012

Zumba: Dance for Your Health

What: Come for a free Zumba dance class, health screenings and referrals for care at the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center. This program is made possible through a generous grant from the New York State Health Foundation. See you there!
When: Thursday, January 19th - 7:00 pm
Where: Queensborough Public Library - Central Branch - 89-11 Merrick Boulevard (between Jamaica and Hillside Avenues)
How Much: Free

January 15, 2012

Read, Recycle, Repeat Literature In Transit

What: Do you want to help give books a second life? ReLit NY is looking for volunteers to help distribute free books to the public in three locations for its first handout of the year! They welcome anyone who shares a passion for reading, recycling and helping their community. Having a loud voice and being outgoing helps, since much of what they do is interact with the public.
When: January 25, 2012 @5pm
Where: (Tentative ) Whole Foods -Union Sq & Columbus & 97th  | The Invisible Dog- 51 Bergen St

January 13, 2012

Blood Drive

What: Lauren and Claudia are members of Girl Scout Troop # 3-358 and encourage you to donate blood to save lives. They are quick to point out reasons why people should participate: one pint can save three lives; only about 5 percent of Americans donate, even though 60 percent are eligible; and blood can be broken down into plasma, white cells, red cells and platelets to help people in myriad ways.
When: 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Jan. 16, 2012
Where: Grace Lutheran Church, 103-15 Union Tpke, Queens
For more information, contact Herman Pietrera at 516-369-8074 or hpietrera@nybloodcenter.org.

January 11, 2012

The First Annual Queens Book Fair

What: The Blackcurrant Press Company and the Black Spectrum Theatre Company invite all students, teachers, authors, and lovers of books to the first annual Queens book fair. The book fair will feature many authors including Tonya Pinkins, author of "Get Over Yourself", Cheryl Wills, author of "Die Free", Cathleen Williams, author of "Single Mother, The New Father", Beverly A. Burchett, author of "Queen Kinni", and the Black Spectrum Theatre Company's own Carl Clay, author of "Poor-ducing Theatre & Film at Black Spectrum". For additional information, call 718-723-1800.
When: Saturday January 14th - 10:00 am to 6:00pm
Where: Black Spectrum Theatre - 177th Street & Baisley Boulevard (Roy Wilkins Park)
How Much: Free

January 10, 2012

Chip Kidd Talks Bat-Manga!

What: The Museum of Comic & Cartoon Art - MoCCA - presents Chip Kidd as it pulls back the curtain on Bat-Manga!, the 1966 Bat-mania phenomenon that first took Japan by storm. A weekly Japanese manga anthology for boys, Shonen King, licensed the rights to commission its own Batman and Robin stories. A year later, the stories stopped. They were never collected in Japan, and never translated into English until the debut of Chip Kidd's Bat-Manga! in 2008. 

Now for the first time ever in the US, original artwork and lavish cover art from the Batman-manga comics are on display at MoCCA, along with vintage era-specific memorabilia and toys. 

When: Thursday January 12th, 2012
Where: MoCCA
594 Broadway, Suite 401(btwn. Houston and Prince) New York
Hours: Tues-Sun 12pm-5pm 
Admission: $7/ FREE for MoCCA Members

FREE Performances at Lincoln Center

Thu, Jan 19, 2012 @8:30pm

Thu, Jan 26, 2012 @8:30pm

Thu, Feb 2, 2012 @8:30pm

Thu, Feb 23, 2012 @8:30pm

Thu, Mar 1, 2012 @8:30pm

Thu, Mar 8, 2012 @8:30pm
Kate McGarry Quartet
Presented in collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center

Thu, Mar 15, 2012 @8:30pm
SpokFrevo Orchestra

Thu, Apr 5, 2012 @8:30pm
Kamilya Joubran: Makan

January 6, 2012

The Zlatne Uste Golden Festival

What: New York’s only music and dance festival of its kind celebrates 27 years of live Balkan, Roma (“Gypsy”) music and beyond. The Festival is hosted by Zlatne Uste Brass Band and features dozens of live bands playing on FOUR stages.
When: Friday, Jan 13, 2012 Doors open 7:00 pm
Admission: $25, students with ID: $20 Children 12 and under free
Saturday, Jan 14, 2012 Doors open 5:30 pm
Admission: $50, students with ID: $40 Children 12 and under free 

Two Night Festival Admission (combo):
Admission: $70, students with ID: $55 Children 12 and under free
Advance ticket sales end FRIDAY, January 13, 2012, at 2:30 AM Eastern Standard Time

Where: The Grand Prospect Hall: 263 Prospect Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215


What: Violinists Amy Schroeder and Keiko Tokunaga, violist Luke Fleming and cellist Andrew Yee, formed the Attacca Quartet at The Juilliard School in 2003. The Quartet will offer an interactive program to bring young listeners inside the music and the process of sharing and collaboration that is at the heart of performing chamber music.
When: Saturday Jan. 7, 2012 @11am

Circus Saturdays At Webster Hall

What: If you really want to party on Saturday at a party with a difference, may we suggest Webster Hall for Circus Saturdays? 4 massive floors with flying trapeze, fire breathers, snake charmers, go go girls and so much more! 
In the Grand ballroom - house, electronic, DJ Mike chach + DJ Tengo
In the Marlin Room - top 40 mash ups, DJ Ray Roc
In the balcony lounge - hiphop, Sean Sharp + D.L.O
In the Studio - Live Bands  
When: Every Saturday, Jan. 7 - March 31, 2012  |   10pm
Where: Webster Hall: 125 E 11th St 
Dress Code: Dress to Impress  |  19+ to enter, 21+ to drink 
$35 General Admission at the door  | General Admission (Advance Online) $ 15

Celebrity Designer Jason Christopher Peters Fashion Party & Birthday Celebration

What: Please join us as we celebrate Celebrity Designer Jason Christopher Peters Fashion Party & Birthday Bash. The venue is gorgeous and this will be an unforgettable night! Food, Drinks and Cake! :) Special Celebrity Guests in attendance and tons of media, press, and photographers.
Jason Christopher Peter’s Team will also be filming for a Reality TV Show pilot at the Birthday party as well!
When: Friday, January 6, 2012  |  9pm - 2am
Bread & Tulips Lounge & Bar (365 Park Avenue South, corner East 26th Street)

New York Guitar Festival

What: The 2012 New York Guitar Festival will kick off with The Apollo Project, a free all-star concert celebrating the 30th anniversary of Brian Eno’s masterpiece, Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks.
When: Friday, January 6, 2012 @8 pm
Where: World Financial Center Winter Garden (220 Vesey Street)
Phone: 212.945.0505
Web: http://www.worldfinancialcenter.com/arts-events
Cost: FREE

Pay What You Want At The Guggenheim

What: Enjoy a day at The Guggenheim Museum every Saturday afternoon. Discover the splendors of one of NYC's best museums and pay only as much as your heart desires; there is no standard admission during this time. Pay what you can afford, even if it is a couple of bucks.
When: Saturdays 5:40pm - 7:40pm
Where: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum: 1071 5th Avenue & E 89th St

OFF Broadway Week

What: Get 2 for 1 tickets on sale now to see some great theatre shows in the city.
When: Jan 30 - Feb. 12, 2012
Where: NYC

Free Museum Weekend

What: Museums on Us is a program where Bank of America and Merrill Lynch card holders can get free entry to over 20 participating museums in and around NYC on the first weekend of every month.
When: January 7 -8th, 2012
Where: NYC

NYC Winter Restaurant Week

What: NYC Restaurant Week celebrates its 20th Anniversary by offering 20 days of dining out - Jan16 through Feb10! All those great restaurants you wanted to eat at but thought you couldn't afford? Well, you can now - $24.07 for lunch and $35 for dinner. Reservations are set to start on Wednesday January 4, but please watch for updates!
When: Monday Jan. 16 - Friday Feb. 10, 2012  |  11am - 11:49pm

Free Entry To The MoMA

What: Just show up on Friday from 4pm-8pm and you can bypass the standard $20 admission fee!
When: Friday Jan. 6th, 2012 @4pm
Where: MoMA: 11 W 53rd St.

Shoe-Inn Annual Warehouse Sale

What:  The sale that starts everyone's year on the right foot! Shoe-Inn features over 7,000 pairs of women's designer shoe and boots by Tory Burch, Rachel Zoe, Cole Haan, Ugg Australia, Kids UGGs, Via Spiga, Vera Wang, Marc Jacobs, Chloe, Celine, Donald J. Pliner, Michael Kors, Kors, Stella McCartney, B Attwood, Converse, Frye, Stuart Weitzman, Kate Spade, Pedro Garcia, Zalo, Ralph Lauren, Cynthia Rowley, Calvin Klein, Converse, Lilly Pulitzer, D&G, Charles David, Aquatalia, Moschino, Steve Madden, Fontini, Baker, Andre Assous Minnetonka, Jack Rodgers, Diane von Furstenberg, Elizabeth and James, Sam Edelman, Fitflops, 1000 pair of waterproof boots, and many others.
All boots $39.99-$249.99, all shoes are $19.99-$99.99. New merchandise is added daily. This event has been named "The Ultimate Shoe Sale" by FOX News (2011).

When: Now thru Sun. Jan. 8, 2012  |  9am - 5pm
Where: Gotham Hall New York:  1356 Broadway 36th street 

Dolce & Gabbana Sample Sale

What: This is an excellent opportunity to attend the Dolce & Gabbana 4 day sample sale. There are over 3,500 tops, dresses, outerwear, skirts, and pants in all sizes. New items will be arriving daily and all is priced to sell at blowout prices. Price points include:
  • Tops $59
  • Skirts and pants $69
  • Dresses $129
  • Outerwear $129
When: Now thru Sun. Jan 8, 2012  |  11am - 7pm
Where: 10 W 56th St, Manhattan